September 2009

JUST FOR LAUGHS, the comedy experts, are turning up the laughs this season with the return of JUST FOR LAUGHS on CBC Television beginning Monday, September 28 at 9 p.m. In addition to the eight one hour episodes, there is the ever-popular New Year’s Eve “Best Of” show and a special: Just for Laughs Toronto: Ethnic All-Stars hosted by CBC’s own Shaun Majumder.  Over the regular season, guests include Whoopi Goldberg, John Cleese, Martin Short, Jim Gaffigan, Lewis Black, Louis C.K., Caroline Rhea and Bobcat Goldthwait, among many others.

Each episode features the top Gala performances from the 27th edition of the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. Side-splittingly funny performances by some of comedy’s most laugh-out-loud stars include a comedic melting pot of national and international artists:  Ireland’s favourite son of comedy Tommy Tiernan; festival fave and Scottish star Danny Bhoy and bombastic Brits Jimmy Carr, Mark Watson and Ross Noble. As well, there’s linguistic U.S. wunderkinds Improvised Shakespeare, idiosyncratic Irishman Jimeoin, Australian superstar Adam Hills and such quirky acts as the Irish sketch quintet Dead Cat Bounce. Canada makes a great showing in the series with acts including: Mike MacDonald, Deb DiGiovanni, Angelo Tsarouchas, Pete Zedlacher, Jon Dore and Gerry Dee.

This year JUST FOR LAUGHS is cranking the laugh-o-meter to 11 with featurettes of some of Canada’s favourite comedians in unlikely alternative-career situations as they are asked ‘What would you be doing if you weren’t a standup comic?’ See Pete Zedlacher try his hand as a professional UFC fighter (it’s not pretty); ogle as Deb DiGiovanni goes back to her fine-art roots with a live male nude model; salivate as big man Angelo Tsarouchas toils over the grill as a short-order cook at a lunch counter and try to account for the fact that Mark Forward could have been a bank teller.

Premiere episode – Monday, September 28 at 9:00 p.m.

The premiere episode will feature performances by Whoopi Goldberg, Jim Gaffigan, Louis C.K., Pete Zedlacher, Adam Hills and more!

New Year’s Eve – Best of the 2009 Just For Laughs Festival – Thursday, December 31 at 7 p.m.

Ring in the New Year with an evening of the very best of the 27th edition of the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival featuring performances by some of the world’s funniest and most engaging comedians! The air date for the encore presentation of this show will be announced soon.

Just For Laughs Toronto: Ethnic All-Stars – Monday, November 23 at 9 p.m.

Filmed live at the Winter Garden Theatre during the 2009 Festival, join Shaun Majumder, of CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, for an all-ethnic evening of hilarity featuring: half-Korean, half-Irish Steve Byrne’s special blend of comedy; Jewish-American comedy club pro Rachel Feinstein; BET and CNN’s Godfrey and Toronto’s own original wise guy Frank Spadone.

JUST FOR LAUGHS is directed by Shelagh O’Brien and produced by Sylvie Arbour and Brent Schiess. Executive Producers are Gilbert Rozon, Bruce Hills and Alain Cousineau. The series is a production of Juste pour rire TV Inc. in association with CBC Television.

Global’s hit drama series Lie To Me makes its highly anticipated sophomore debut on Monday, September 28 – 9pm ET/PT. Inspired by Dr. Paul Ekman’s real-life research on human lie detection, the series explores the fascinating and intriguing science used to track down criminals and catch those who are lying through their teeth.

To celebrate the show’s return, Global Television and SRG conducted a comprehensive poll asking Canadians nationwide about their lying habits and truth be told, it looks like we’re all a bunch of liars!  And the survey says…

Lying vs. being lied to… the numbers just don’t add up.
8 out of 10 Canadians believed they were lied to at least once in the last week
Only 6 out of 10 admitted to having told a lie in the same time period 
INTERESTING STAT: With age comes honesty: 8 out of 10 people aged 18-34 admitted to telling a lie in the last week compared to just half of those aged 50+

What did Canadians say they are lying about…
24% – Money, salary and income
13% – How people look
11% – Hiding Ones True Feelings/Opinions
INTERESTING STAT: Really? Only 10% say they lie about their age

Canadians can lie, but are not very good at it.

Only 10% of Canadians think they could tell a lie and pass a lie detector test
INTERESTING STAT: The gender divide: Men are more likely to think they could beat it. Of all those who said they could, 72% were men and only 28% were women

It takes just one look… Canadians are honing their lie detection skills by watching Lie To Me.
64% believe they can tell someone is lying based on their facial expressions
87% think the eyes are the number one indication that some is lying
INTERESTING STAT: Lip service: 14% say the lips and mouth give away a lie, sometimes with a smile or laugh

Liar, liar…Here’s a list of who Canadians believe are most likely to tell them a lie:
44% – Co-workers
36% – Friends
31% – Kids
29% – Your Boss
Mommy dearest? Both men and women say their Mom (10%) is more likely to lie to them than their Dad (8%)
INTERESTING STAT: What a relief: Those least likely to lie to you? Doctors (4%) and teachers (3%)

ATTENTION FANS: TUNE IN NEXT WEEK FOR THE SEASON 2 PREMIERE

Lie To Me Episode: “The Core of It”

Monday, September 28 – 9pm ET/PT

A woman with multiple personalities (Erika Christensen) could be either a witness to a murder—or the killer. Meanwhile, the government hires the Lightman Group to question a possible Supreme Court nominee.

Monday, September 28 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

A woman with multiple personalities (Erika Christensen) could be either a witness to a murder—or the killer. Meanwhile, the government hires the Lightman Group to question a possible Supreme Court nominee. Starring Tim Roth.

9:00pm – Monday, September 28 on /A

Also airs at 10 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 10 p.m. MT on ACCESS

When Charlie’s (Charlie Sheen) fiance, Chelsea (Jennifer Taylor), convinces him to let Melissa (Kelly Stables), Alan’s (Jon Cryer) girlfriend move in, the girls take over the house.

Monday, September 28 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

Lightman and Foster reunite siblings after tracking down some telling evidence.

Monday, September 28 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT

From an open air stage in the woods of Niagara on the Lake, the Shaw Festival presents jazz vocalist / pianist Michael Kaeshammer performing songs from his album Lovelight.

This year, there’s a fresh arrival in Mercy. A new man of the cloth is about to take over Mercy Anglican and he’s not interested in treating Mercy’s resident Iman as an equal. The friendly relationship between the Muslims and the Christians will be put to the test as CBC Television’s internationally-acclaimed comedy series LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE returns for its fourth season on Monday, September 28 at 8:30 p.m. It’s the same funny and heart-warming show it has always been …with a little more edge.

Reverend William Thorne (Brandon Firla, Billable Hours) is an ambitious and manipulative minister from the big city who is surprised to find a bunch of Muslims as tenants in his church. Not the ecumenical type, Thorne prefers a church without an Imam and mosque in it. Conflict brewing, Imam Amaar (Zaib Shaikh) literally and figuratively dukes it out with the new Reverend and faces the greatest test of all – himself.

“The series has a great fan following and with the addition of a new character and a return to the original premise of the show, we expect even more devotees,” said Kirstine Stewart, General Manager, General Manager, CBC English Services.

“The new season of LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE will come as quite a surprise for many of its fans,” said executive producer Mary Darling. The Imam and Reverend will face off in a battle for the hearts and minds of Mercy, and many of the townsfolk will be pulled into the fray. Who will be left standing? And will they be left standing with their dignity intact? “The goal of this season is in many ways to engage in the actual conversation happening in the world much like we did in our first season,” added Darling.

The renewed conflict at the core of the new season brings out the best and worst in everyone. Rayyan (Sitara Hewitt) has to learn to live as an independent woman after being left at the altar. Sarah’s (Sheila McCarthy) loyalty to work and family is tested. Yasir (Carlo Rota) is torn between wife and mother. Baber (Manoj Sood) has to rise up to be the ultra-conservative Muslim he’s always thought himself to be. Rounding out the stellar cast are Debra McGrath as Mayor Popowicz, Arlene Duncan as café owner Fatima and Neil Crone as radio host Fred.

LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE is written by Jason Belleville, Dan Redican, Zarqa Nawaz, Greg Eckler, Sarah Glinski, Karen Hill, Sam Ruano, Paul Pogue and Claire Ross Dunn. Directors include Michael Kennedy, Brian Roberts, Jim Allodi and Steve Wright. Producers are Colin Brunton and Michael Snook. Zarqa Nawaz is consulting producer and series creator. Executive producers are Mary Darling, Clark Donnelly and Allan Magee. It is a WestWind Pictures/Little Mosque Productions Inc. in association with CBC Television.

Monday, September 28 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

House returns to Princeton Plainsboro, announcing he will make big changes in his life. Meanwhile, House’s team can’t diagnose a new patient who’s obsessed with posting each and every one of his symptoms over the Internet.

8:00pm – Monday, September 28 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 9 p.m. MT on ACCESS

It’s an Upper East Side face-off when Blair (Leighton Meester) and Chuck (Ed Westwick) both set their sights on a particular item up for bid at Sotheby’s and the personal stakes are high. Serena (Blake Lively) suspects that Carter (Sebastian Stan) may be up to his old habits, Georgina (Michelle Trachtenberg) takes an interest in Dan (Penn Badgley), and Vanessa (Jessica Szohr) begins to suspect that something isn’t quite right with Scott (Chris Riggi).

8:00pm – Monday, September 28 on CTV

The couples return to the dance floor to perform in hope of avoiding elimination.